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Silly Mistakes Costly: Swamy

Silly Mistakes Costly: Swamy
A disappointed Vodafone Lautoka FC striker Samuela Drudru (middle) gets the red card from referee Campbell Waugh of New Zealand at Churchill Park, Lautoka on April 22, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
April 23
10:35 2018

Marist FC go into the return leg of the OFC Champions League semifinal in Honia­ra with an away goal advantage after they held Vodafone Lautoka FC 1-1 at Churchill Park yesterday.

The hosts will be kicking themselves after miss­ing at least four sitters and a number of scocring opportunities in a fast flowing game. Lautoka will be without the services of striker Samuela Drud­ru, after a second bookable offence earned him a red card in the second spell.

Marist FC also lost the services of their num­ber one goalkeeper Anthony Talo after a mid-air clash with Lautoka striker Osea Vakatalesau and he was replaced by Harold Nauania. The visitors controlled most part of the game as their play was centred on Captain Henry Fa’arodo.

What happened: Talo was stretchered off in the 16th minute and Lautoka missed their first clear sitter when a cross from Benjamin Totori in the 20th minute down the right flank saw Dave Rad­rigai hammer the ball against the uprights with the Talo beaten.

Two minutes later, Marist FC’s continuous for­ays down the flanks saw a cross from Mathias Iani misjudged by the Lautoka defence and Davidson Tome blasting the ball past Lautoka goalkeeper and Captain Beniamino Mateinaqara for an early lead.

Halftime: Lautoka 0-1 Marist FC

Lautoka came out with more vigour in the sec­ond spell knowing they had to get two goals. In the 53rd minute, Cory Chettleburgh sent in the per­fect corner kick with Vakatalesau using his mas­sive frame to rise above the rest of the players to head the ball home.

With scores levelled at 1-1, Lautoka felt they could wrap up the game but it all died out after Drudru got the red card. This gave Marist FC con­fidence to hold on to the ball for much of the latter part of the match.

Star turn: This has to go to Brian Kaltak who was perhaps the player of the match with his superb defensive skills and control of Lautoka’s game.

Big play: The sending off of Drudru has to be the turning point as this dashed the spirit that was building up within the Lautoka side to score an­other goal.

Comments: Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy said, “We lacked on the discipline that is why we were left with 10 men if we had 11 I think we could have scored. We wanted to contain them as they built from the middle and silly mistakes allowed them to score that goal. ”

Marist FC head coach Jerry Allen said, “We played well in the first half then we conceded a goal in the second half. I know Osea, and Brian when they played for Hekari. Osea has a good height and Solomon boys like those kind of play. The plan is to win at home to qualify which is im­portant.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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